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Shavuot, time to praise and thank G-d


 Seven weeks after the holiday called ‘Pesach’, we celebrate Shavuot, the holiday of harvesting. The time in between these two holidays is the one in which Israel harvests barley. This is the time that Israel produces vegetables and fruit. This means it is a very busy period for those who work on the land. However,...
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Jewish remedy for Syrian general


Shalom boys and girls! By Anne Mulder It’s about 900 BCE (before Common Era). In a neighboring country of Israel, Syria, lives Na’aman. He is a general, the boss of a great army. Everyone admires Na’aman, for he continuously wins the war for his people. He has many friends, even the king of Syria is...
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Sheep and shepherd


You must have seen little lambs in the meadow during spring. Nice sight, isn’t it, as they leap and jump and chase each other. And when go to their mothers and drink. What you see less often is when the mother sheep and their lambs are being sent inside. They don’t always like that. But...
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Happy Purim


The Word of G’d is full of laws and rules. ‘Honour your father and your mother’ is even one of the Ten Words, that Moshe (Moses) received to give to the people of Israel. Adonai says that you shall honour yout parents: “so that you may live longer in the land that the LORD your...
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Qumran, memory of faithful Jews


Shalom, dear children! When you drive to the South alongside the Dead Sea, you pass the remains of a place in the mountains that is called Qumran, about 20 kilometres to the east of Jerushalayim. At that spot a Bedouin boy found bible scrolls in 1947. Therefore these scrolls are also called the ‘Dead Sea...
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Complaining in the wilderness


Shalom, dear children! by Lilian van der Wel The children of Israel are having a hard time in the desert. And they show it by complaining again and again. Why do they complain? Is that good or wrong? Are they right or not, complaining all the time?By complaining you can give your opinion about something...
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A bad example


A bad example by Lilian van der Wel   Shalom, dear children!   Some passages from the Bible make us afraid. You’ll see this month when you read about Nadav (Nadab) and Avihu (Abihu), two sons of Aharon (Aaron). The story is in Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:1-7,But Nadav and Avihu, sons of Aharon, each took his...
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The foreigner


The foreigner by Lilian van der WelShalom, dear children! This month one of the things about which you can read in the Bible is caring for the foreigner. We learn that we should behave right towards the foreigner. In this scripture are two commandments about taking care of the foreigner: in Shemot/ Exodus chapter 22...
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Prophets in Israel


Shalom, dear children Today we learn a little about what prophets are. In Hebrew, a prophet is called ‘navee’. The verb ‘lenaveh’ means: to prophecy, to foretell. However, what does it mean to be a prophet of the people of Israel? A prophet is a messenger. He or she brings a message from G-d. This...
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Noah, boatbuilder with vision


Shalom, dear children! This month we celebrate Chanukah. We remember the Maccabees: a small, but very courageous group of Jews. The Maccabees rather died, than doing something that would be against G-d’s will, like the worshipping of other gods. Another person who went against the mainstream in his time was Noah. His generation was full...
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